My Coastal World’s Joy Beth shares her thoughts on our country’s current protests following the death of George Floyd.
Words that normally come fairly easily to mind,
Are stirring in my heart and they are a struggle to find.
I don’t know what to do with the totality of thoughts and emotions swimming around affecting my troubled heart.
I understand my experiences and perspectives; but other’s experiences and their view point; where do I start?
Can I truly empathize if I have not lived another’s life?
If another human has felt fear or humiliation , misunderstood or lived a life of strife.
Do our differences divide us to the point of no return?
Do we just battle on to never accept and never learn?
I’m not you, you are not me.
I promise into your heart I’m trying to see.
I can only be me, you can only be you; is there no bridge to cross that finds a safe place,
A place of honest dialogue that leads to unity and equality; goals to accomplish and we all save face.
Differences can bring diversity creating a kaleidoscope of potential and worth.
Opportunity to express ourselves should be respected from the moment of birth.
I am me, you are you and as I look past how we differ; I see also how we are the same.
You nor I can find common ground if we mutually refuse and only blame.
I do not know what to do; except pray for understanding and kindness as we approach one another,
Not as enemies in frustration, hatred, and anger but as sister and brother.
There is a song about the world needing more love; love may sound simplistic but yet holds true.
Show more love and cease hating, unity in peace is what we all should strive to do.
Maybe just maybe I can try being you and you being me.
Add love to that mix and who knows it might be just the solution we are desperate to see.
Love, Joy Beth
June 2, 2020